Fletcher Cox and Bradham had a sack each but the Eagles d-line couldn't put nearly enough pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick, and the d-backs paid the price.
2. Familiar faces
Was anyone really surprised that DeSean went off against the Eagles?
Everyone in America (besides Jalen Mills) knew that the Bucs were going up top to Desean Jackson to start the game.
Giving up a 75 yard TD is a BRUTAL way to start a game.
In his last two games vs the Eagles he now has 7 catches for 232 yards and 2 TDs.
Vinny Curry and Beau Allen were invisible for the most part.
3. A receiver needs to step up.
Nelson Agholor led the team with 8 catches for 88 yards and a TD. He now has 16 catches on the season.
However, his efforts were not enough. Mike Wallace, who will reportedly be out for the next month, was injured in the first quarter.
The rest of the guys are practice sqaud level.
Foles wasn't the issue. He went 35/48 for 334 yards, 1 TD and 0 ints.
Was he perfect? Of course not.
He missed some throws, and quickly resorted to the check down. But he didn't cost the Eagles the game by any means.
RB: C +
I thought Corey Clement played well when given the opportunity. He averaged 5 yards-per-carry and got into the end zone. He's not Saquon Barkley, but he's an above average running back.
It's looking like Ajayi will have trouble with injuries all season. But when he plays he's pretty damn good.
Wendell Smallwood was forced into action and had a typical Wendell Smallwood performance. He showed flashes but fumbled.
If you told me someone named Joshua Perkins would have 4 catches for 57 yards in this game I would have called the cops on you and had you fit for a straitjacket. But this was a real thing that happened.
Where was Dallas Goedert? He only managed to play 22 percent of the snaps, while "Perk" played 33 percent.
Kamar Aiken was forced to play 78 percent of the snaps and did the best that he could.
It's looking like Shelton Gibson is just a preseason hall of famer. He is completely outmatched.
Agholor and Ertz were solid.
But as a group they just were completely outmatched.
O line: D
This wasn't the O-lines best performance. Foles was sacked three times and protection broke down on plays that could have been home runs for the Eagles.
The run blocking was good at times, but too inconsistent for majority of the afternoon.
Jason Peters needs to be healthy, but that's asking a lot out of a 36 year-old left tackle who is coming off of an ACL injury.
D line: D
They just couldn't get enough pressure on Fitzpartick.
Chris Long (43 percent of the snaps) and Michael Bennett (41 percent of the snaps) were nowhere to be found. Both players need to be on the field a little more, especially in Bennett's case.
Cox is a monster. Barnett rebounded nicely. But as a group this was a poor performance.
Yes, the Bucs had 43 yards rushing, but they don't run the ball so that's not a moral victory for me.
Hicks and Bradham played well combining for 9 tackles and 8 assists.
They weren't the problem.
This was a piss-poor performance from the secondary.
Jalen Mills was burnt all afternoon.
All three Bucs WRs got into the endzone.
Tackling was an issue.
The d-line didn't do them any favors, but they have to limit the big play.
Special Teams: C
It looks like the Eagles have a punter. Cam Johnston dropped 3 punts inside the 20 and had a 56 yard average per-punt with a long of 65 yards.
Jake Elliott obviously missed a crucial 42 yard field goal at the end of the half. Brutal.
The Coaches: C -
I didn't love the defensive gameplan. Fitzpatrick basically duplicated his success from week 1.
The Eagles are so hamstrung offensively that it's tough to even grade Pederson. However, running Ajayi three straight times on the TB 8 yard line was unnecessary and let precious time go off the clock. But they scored, which was the goal, and still had 3 time outs.
If the defense could have made a stop, the Eagles could have possibly tied the game.
I'll tell you that losing hurts WAY more than winning feels good.
It's been a long time since the Eagles have lost a meaningful game. This loss was a slice of humble pie.
But it's not the end of the world to lose on the road in 200 degree heat to a team that is clicking on all cylinders.
They lost Ajayi, Wallace and Peters all in the first half, although Ajayi was able to return, and they were running Kamar Aiken and Shelton Gibson out there for majority of the game. That's a tough way to win.
Obviously Fitzpatrick had some Fitzmagic left in the tank.
Ok, they lost....whatever. They weren't going 16-0 anyway.
The most important thing for the Eagles is to get healthy.
Carson Wentz should be back next week and this team will look a hell of a lot different.
They need to sure up things defensively and they should be be fine.
Losing sucks, but maybe a reality check was needed. Get healthy and get back to playing sound football next week.